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Reports in PROMOTIC system

Depending on the content requirements and the presentation format, it is necessary to choose a suitable technology for making such documents.
 
In the PROMOTIC system it is possible to use following technologies for report design: HTML, e-mail, Microsoft Excel, Libre Office, pdf format, etc.. PROMOTIC can also cooperate or provide data to specialized report design software solutions (e.g. Crystal Report).
 

PmReport

Uses the HTML technology. The document contains keywords that are replaced by current values from PROMOTIC application once the report is opened. It allows displaying individual values, arrays of values in table form or as images.
 
Advantages:
- The system includes simple template preconfigurations of system data reports.
 
Disadvantages:
- HTML and syntax knowledge is required for HTML report template design.
 
See: Preconfigurations in group "Report (PmReport)", Report examples

Print panel

Prints panel content (or its part) on a printer or into file.
 
Advantages:
- Simple, user controlled usage of panel printing method.
 
Disadvantages:
- If called on a panel that is not currently open then its content may be incomplete (missing trend curves, empty tables, etc.).
 
See: Printing the open panel (or its part) to a printer or to the file, Printing the panel (or its part) o a printer or to the file, How to print in PROMOTIC system

Microsoft Excel

Allows writing data into Microsoft Excel documents by PmAdo or by VBA technology.
 
Advantages:
- Allows easy automated creation of reports.
- Data from PROMOTIC application can be then presented by Excel graphic features.
- Excel (since version 2007) includes own method for saving the resulting report into PDF file.
 
Disadvantages:
- Installation of 32-bit version of Microsoft Office on the target PC is required
 
See: Excel, Examples of using the Excel database in the PROMOTIC system, Examples of the work with applications excel, Examples of the work with applications excel

LibreOffice Calc

Can use the LibreOffice API technology to write data into Calc documents.
 
Advantages:
- Allows easy automated creation of reports.
- Data from PROMOTIC application can be then presented by Calc graphic features.
- Libre Office can be downloaded and installed free of charge.
 
Disadvantages:
- Installation of Libre Office on the target PC is required
 
See: Calc

SAP - Crystal Reports

Crystal Reports is a development tool that can be used to create complex database queries and present graphical results. The reporting process itself does not require knowledge of SQL, although it is possible to create queries using this language.

This program can be used to create links between tables, select and group records, contains a rich set of options to hide unnecessary records, supports filtering based on user-defined formulas that improve data visualization capabilities.

 
Advantages:
- Designed for corporate analytics
- Easy report design by drag&drop
 
Disadvantages:
- Purchase of licence is required.
- You cannot use VBS to run Crystal Reports 2016 as you could in earlier versions.
- Crystal Reports 2016 (crw32.exe) does not accept command-line arguments.
 
See also:
PROMOTIC 8.3.23 SCADA system documentation - MICROSYS, spol. s r.o.

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